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Posted on 02-10-2017

Gainesville pet owners - February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Dogs and cats experience the same dental problems as people, including plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Besides BAD BREATH, dental disease:

  • Releases bacteria in the blood stream
  • Increases risk for heart, liver and kidney disease
  • Can cause severe pain and problems for your pet

Pets need regular dental cleanings to increase quality and length of life.  Regular dental cleanings:

  • Allow us to evaluate dental disease over time
  • Reduce need for teeth extractions and more advanced and expensive treatment 
  • Can add up to 2-4 years to your pet’s life

Watch a video to learn more about importance of fighting dental disease in pets...

Dental disease is THE most common disease in dogs. Recent studies show that 85% of cats and 92% of dogs over age 3 have periodontal disease. Don’t let your pet be a statistic – call 372-8387 to schedule their appointment!  

What Happens During My Pet’s Dental Cleaning?

Pets cannot eat after midnight the day of their dental cleaning. 

During a dental cleaning (sometimes called a prophylaxis), plaque and tartar are removed from a pet’s teeth and the health of the entire mouth (tongue, gums, lips, and teeth) is assessed.

A thorough dental cleaning can be accomplished only while the pet is under general anesthesia. The anesthesia we use is safe for animals and your pet is monitored constantly while under anesthesia. Prior to anesthesia, blood tests are performed to help uncover any hidden illnesses.

Shores Animal Hospital offers dental digital radiographs (x-rays) which allows us to see under your pet’s gum line. With majority of pet’s teeth and dental disease under the gums, using dental x-rays allows us to see the depth of the infection and impactions. If an extraction (tooth pulling) is needed, we can do so safely with minimal discomfort to your pet during oral surgery. Our veterinarians will administer pain medications and antibiotics if necessary and schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure the incisions have healed.

If an extraction (tooth pulling) is needed, we can do so safely with minimal discomfort to your pet during oral surgery. Our veterinarians will administer pain medications and antibiotics if necessary and schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure the incisions have healed.

What Can I do To Take Care of My Pet’s Dental Health at Home?

Dry kibble is better at cleaning the teeth than the alternative canned foods, it is not the best way to prevent tartar build up. In addition, animals don’t chew as thoroughly as humans – their instinct is to eat quickly, not to savor each bite.

Chewing on bones or hides can help to clean the teeth, but is still not as thorough as regular brushing. Regular brushing at home is the best way to consistently clean teeth. Pet toothbrushes, pastes, and other pet dental cleaning products can be purchased at Shores Animal Hospital or in our online store.

Schedule their dental cleaning appointment today by calling 372-8387 or click here!  

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